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New Year's Concert 2012with Mariss JansonsPhotos: R. Schuster
The second half of the concert opened with "Danse Diabolique", a work of virtuosity and brilliance, composed by the former first violinist, concertmaster and conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic, Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr.
The composer who employed the waltz form more often than any other of the great symphonists, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was represented for the first time on the New Year's Concert with two compositions, "Panorama" and "Waltz", from "Sleeping Beauty."
The New Year's Concert was televised for the 54th time live from the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein by the Austrian Broadcasting Co. This year television viewers were treated to three live ballet interludes from the Upper Belvedere, performed by soloists and corps de ballet from the Vienna State Ballet.
In view of the tradition of the New Year's Concerts, which began during the Second World War, the Vienna Philharmonic performs the concert even today not only as a presentation of Viennese musical culture at the highest level, but also to send the world a New Year's greeting in the spirit of hope, friendship and peace.
Program of the New Year's Concert 2012Photo Gallery New Year's Concert 2012